Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (488)

Cathal Crowe


488. Deputy Cathal Crowe asked the Minister for Social Protection if additional state aid will be provided to employees of companies (details supplied) at Shannon Airport. [8198/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) is a statutory scheme introduced by Government to support those who have lost their employment as a direct consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. To date expenditure on PUP is over €5.8 billion which demonstrates the Government's commitment to provide targeted supports.

The Government will continue to keep all aspects of the PUP under review and future decisions will be informed by the trajectory of the pandemic and the evolving public health situation.

Individuals have the option of applying for a jobseeker’s payment depending on their circumstances. The maximum weekly personal rate is €203 and increased allowances are paid for qualifying adults and children.

There are also additional targeted supports available from my Department for individuals who are experiencing financial difficulties under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme which includes Exceptional and Urgent Needs Payments.

I trust that this clarifies the position at this time.